First up: Average's Pea Soup
1 bag of dry peas
1/2 lbs of bacon
2 cans chicken broth
Few cubes of chicken bouillon or beef bouillon
Onion- Powder, fresh, whatever you have-1 tablespoon
Garlic- Powder, fresh, chopped, dried...whatever you have- 1 teaspoon
Seasoning Salt-couple tablespoons
Black Pepper-couple tablespoons
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
First up, cut the bacon into 1/2" pieces(I love a scissors for this) and fry in the pot that you are going to make the soup with. When it is browned and crispy, remove into a bowl(no need to drain it). Discard most of the fat that was cooked out of the bacon. If you have fresh onion, saute it in some of the bacon fat until it is soft. Rinse the bag of dried peas and look for stones. Add the dried peas to the pot and dump in the chicken broth. Add the bouillon cubes, garlic, onion powder if not using fresh, pepper, seasoning salt, and a couple of cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the peas disintegrate into mush. Add the gelatin and stir it in to dissolve. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
A couple of tips, add till it looks good for the seasoning. Make sure you don't run out of water before the peas mush. Adding gelatin is optional but it is good for healthy nails and makes for easy transport of cold soup to work. It doesn't have a flavor and it is awesome to not have leaking soup in your bag. I know traditionally it calls for a ham bone but I never have one of them layin around and bacon gives me that pork love without the hassle of finding ham or a bone.
Next up: Lonely BBQ Beef Roast
1 chunk of cow
1 packet onion soup mix
1/2 a bottle of bbq sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
Garlic powder, or fresh, or jarred-healthy dollop
Splash of Worchester Sauce
Splash of liquid smoke
Couple cups of water
Throw everything in the crockpot on high for 3 hours or so. Turn down to low and serve whenever. Meat should fall apart at this point. Serve on buns, rice, egg noodle, or ice cream. Be careful for bones and fatty globs.
This is called Lonely BBQ Beef because I get to eat it alone. Hubby is playing on the farm all damn weekend again and now he took voluntary layoff for this week to continue playing up there. Gotta make hay while it's not under snow I guess.